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Tech.Ed 2009: Photo gallery

The 2009 edition of Microsoft's premier Australian developer conference, Tech.Ed, kicked off this morning at the Gold Coast with over 2000 attendees on hand.
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By Chris Duckett on
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The Tech.Ed exhibition hall.

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Departing from the usual conference opening, there was no keynote speaker, instead Microsoft showed off Windows 7 and Office 2010. At one point, a PC (from the Apple Mac and PC commercials) took to the stage, and expressed his dismay at always being portrayed as a boring machine.

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The "PC" then ripped apart his velcro tweed jacket.

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And there go the pants!

Finally the shirt is ripped off to reveal a "Windows 7" shirt underneath with the cry "the PC is back!" Vista was not mentioned at all in the opening ceremony.

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No surprises for guessing that Microsoft is pushing its own products hard at its own event. Here are a couple of punters checking out Bing.

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Don't for one second think that it is only Microsoft wishing to promote itself to attendees, even silly hats are recruited to get an attendee's attention.

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Undoubtedly, the best way to stand out on the show floor is to offer a motorbike in a business card draw.

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Video games are guaranteed to be a hit at tech conferences.

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The Microsoft round-table.

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Sometimes it all becomes too much.

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Each attendee received a HP Mini that they could use for the duration of the conference and donate to charity, or keep for themselves. Each netbook comes equipped with Windows 7 and the latest Office 2010 technical preview.

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Last night's Welcome Party featured V8 Supercar hardware.

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A few of the lads really got into Guitar Hero.

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